Sunday, April 30, 2017

George Phillips Park Scenery

This plate recently arrived and I couldn't wait to take pictures.  Bordered with rosebuds the scene depicts deer and cattle.  It dates to 1834 and was produced in Longport by G. Phillips.

The Phillips pottery was founded by 22 and 20 year old brothers, Edward and George Phillips, in 1822. One of the brothers, Edward, was married to Benedicta Wedgwood, who had become the ward of Josiah Wedgwood after the death of her father, Thomas, of the Overhouse Works. The brothers leased the New Bridge pottery in Longport (part of Burslem) which had been vacant since 1817.  It was superbly located on the Trent and Mersey Canal.  

The older brother, Edward, was said to have been very optimistic about the possibilities of exporting their wares to America as other potters nearby were already involved with trade to America.  In September 1831, he along with his wife and children were on their way to America when tragedy struck and Edward was killed in a carriage accident.   His wife sold her interest in the pottery to George in 1834 and the marks were changed to G. PHILLIPS.  

George continued to produce many of the same patterns the brothers had manufactured previously.  While maintaining the quality of earlier wares, he also introduced two new patterns, Verona and Park Scenery, which were both enormously popular.   Park Scenery was produced in red, green, blue, brown and less frequently in a two color process.

  By 1841 there between 400 and 500 employees at George's factory.  Sadly, George also met with an untimely death, at the age of 45.  The following year, his factory and home were auctioned and his wife left Staffordshire with their children to start a new life in Australia.

 Many of the buildings on the New Bridge site survived well into the 20th century, and the Georgian style master potter’s house, occupied by George Phillips and his family until 1841, is now the Duke of Bridgewater Inn. The bottle ovens and factory buildings were demolished in the mid twentieth century.

This is the only piece I have in stock currently and it's for sale in my shop, HERE

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